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Mayor, NAACP hold separate meetings on same topic

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The audience listens as a resident voices his concerns at the mayor-led meeting Monday evening. The audience listens as a resident voices his concerns at the mayor-led meeting Monday evening.

New Orleans, La. - Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the crowd that he was hosting a meeting in response to the community request to talk about alleged racial profiling and other issues involving the NOPD.

The NAACP held its own meeting because, it told FOX 8, its leaders prompted the request in the first place.

The alleged racial profiling incidents stemmed from an email earlier this month, sent to two sergeants by an NOPD Lieutenant.  

The language in that email was upsetting to some people.  It read, "We need to make bicycle stops a priority. Make it a goal for the rest of the week. PINPOINT BICYCLES… verify it's been done. Hood neighborhoods could probably be beneficial."

The other issue that had a lot of people upset was video of an incident back in February that involved several undercover State Troopers and one NOPD officer who was seen taking down two high school students.

The 17- and 18-year-old boys say they were doing nothing wrong, while State Police say the troopers suspected the two were juveniles and, when they approached the young men, one of them attempted to flee.  Some have alleged racial profiling.

At the mayor's meeting, though, some praised the NOPD while others did complain about the department.

Things were different at the NAACP's meeting.  The NAACP came up with a list of demands for the NOPD and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The mayor told the crowd at his meeting that racial profiling will not be tolerated. He also encouraged the community to work with the NOPD to stop the violence.

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